When I see a human trafficking case in court, sometimes I wonder what kind of laws there are to help the victim. Recently, I came across an article about a new law that is going to be voted on within the next couple of months.
The law is called the The Bettering Resources in Guarding Human Trafficking Act, in short, the Bright Act. This law is something special because it plans to create a minimum sentence for anyone convicted of a federal human trafficking law. The minimum sentence would be 5 years, and it also wouldn’t affect any maximum sentence so any person convicted could get any number of years in prison as long as they get 5 years minimum.
Another law that is effective specifically in the state of North Carolina is the NC Safe Harbor Law, which came into effect in 2013. This law has some very specific points such as, pimping is a felony in NC, and engaging in sexual acts with a prostitute is a felony. This law also protects victims because it makes the consent of a minor not an excuse, and it also makes a mistaken age not an excuse too. This law is so amazing because it focuses more on punishing the offender, and treating the minors involved with prostitution as victims and not criminals.
Both of these laws are on the right track to abolish human trafficking, or at least discourage these acts. With more laws like these, the amount of people who fall victim to human trafficking could become less and less, and the amount of human traffickers out there could end up behind bars.
You can read more about the new federal law here: http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/20160913/walker-introduces-bill-to-increase-human-trafficking-penalties
You can also see more about the NC Safe Harbor Law here: http://www.wect.com/story/21860301/safe-harbor-bill-gets-tough-on-sex-traffickers-better-protects-victims
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